Ancient Empires

From the music, theater, and mythology of Ancient Greece, to traditional music of Chinese and Arab cultures, to the lore of Arthurian England, discover past and present civilizations through their arts.

Explore the Arthurian codes of chivalry and courtly love in art, modern films, books, and poetry
This lesson examines specific areas of ancient Greek influence on Western thought and culture
This lesson will explore the historic importance and function of castles and introduce a general history of castles and architectural terms
Students examine Greek influence on Western thought and culture
Students learn defining elements of classical Greek architecture using the Lincoln Memorial and the Parthenon
Grade 5 Lesson
Gain insight into Greek culture, and create and paint your own mythological characters
Muses of ancient Greece inspired poets, playwrights, dancers, actors, musicians, and scientists
In this lesson, students learn about Ancient Egyptian rituals and attitudes about death and the afterlife
In this lesson, students will learn about the legend of King Arthur as depicted in stories, poems, and artwork
Grades K-2 Lesson
This multi-media visual and language arts lesson offers intellectual, creative, and interpretive opportunities
Students discover what artifacts recovered from archeological digs can teach us about ancient Greece
Learn how ancient ideas influence contemporary theater
Audio Series
Fragments of papyrus and stone provide clues to recreating music not heard in thousands of years
Audio Series
Chinese music dates back thousands of years and is as varied as the people who create it
Audio Series
A 3-part audio series that explores different aspects of Arab music
Video Series
This video series explores a dramatic interpretation of the Greek myth Jason and the Argonauts
This Day in the Arts
January 01, 404 C.E.: The last known gladiatorial competition is held in Rome, Italy
This Day in the Arts
March 05, 984 B.C.E.: Theater is celebrated in ancient Greece
This Day in the Arts
September 12, 1940: Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France
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